- TAFE Disability Network
TAFE Disability Network
Welcome to the TAFE Disability Network webpage
The TAFE Disability Network (TDN) is the network of Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) from across the TAFE sector in Victoria. Some members may have different titles and a diverse range of duties but we all see ourselves as peers. The role of TDN is in the capacity of peer support for new and existing DLO’s.
To this end it is a network for and by DLO’s.
The TDN meets to discuss common concerns, current issues, provides professional development and develop/consolidate links to other networks of professionals in education provision, local and federal government areas and community based organisations.
About us and what we do
The TAFE Disability Network in Victoria has been active since the 1980’s and since this time has established itself to be the key network for TAFE practitioners in this state.
The number of DLOs within the tertiary education sector both at a state and national level will never be high because of the limited number of TAFE institutes and Universities across Australia. In Victoria, many DLOs work in solo positions and/or in rural settings and can be isolated from colleagues who understand the complex issues related to disability and education.
TDN has developed as a network for the following reasons
- To provide peer support and share information pertaining to the support of students with diverse needs within the tertiary setting.
- To be an vehicle through which DLOs can receive current and up to date information about issues that impact on their roles and also where they can contribute to discussions and input into issues that impact on the whole sector.
- Professional Development for DLOs.
- To lobby State and Federal Governments directly, or alternately through the TAFE CEO network or existing bodies where access and equity issues in tertiary education are addressed.
TDN represents DLOs from regional centres, city campuses and the dual sector (TAFE and University) across Victoria.
All meetings are held at the Victorian TAFE Association, Level 3, 478 Albert Street, East Melbourne unless noted otherwise.
The TDN meets regularly over the year. Guest speakers are often arranged for these meetings. A list of meeting dates for the current year can be found below. Joint meetings with VicHEDN (Higher Education Disability Network) are held occasionally throughout the year to discuss issues common to both sectors and to participate in combined professional development activities.
- Thursday 14 March
- Thursday 23 May
- Thursday 8 August
- Thursday 24 October
- Thursday 12 December
All meetings take place from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Disability and Learning Access Officer
Disability Support Service Coordinator